Youth rugby round-up: October 17
PIRATES MINI JUNIOR SECTION MATCH REPORTS:
Pirates U14s 65, Hayle U14s 0
Pirates welcomed Hayle for a 'home' fixture kindly hosted by St Just RFC on Sunday.
A try from the kick-off by Jamie Thomas, followed by a second soon after when Henry Trow dived over, set the tone for the match. A penalty near the Hayle line then saw another driving run from Jamie Thomas to give the Pirates a 19 points ahead.
Hayle applied pressure in the loose, often securing good ball, however they couldn't always find their backs, and further good work from the Pirates 'threes' enabled Luke Flack to notch two quick tries. He converted the second, and then, following a great offload from Conner George, a try scored by Cadan Brownfield made it 36-0 at the break.
The under pressure Hayle side fought bravely through the second half, but were ultimately unable to stem the flow, as further tries for the Pirates were scored by Harvey Eyriey, who had a fine game, Thomas Prosser, Daniel-Rhys Evans, plus a brace for Shea Cornish.
This was a third win in a row for the Pirates, when at the end thanks were expressed to referee Ronan Cringle and coaches Steve Friggens and Tony Richards.
Pirates U14s: K Andrews, K Ashley, C Boyns, C Brownfield, S Cornish, DR Evans, H Eyriey, L Flack, S Friggens, C George, N Griffiths, A Hall, J Lambourn (capt), T Prosser, L Sims, T Tieken, J Thomas, J Tredinnick, H Trow, M Walden.
Scorers: Tries: Cornish (2), Flack (2), Thomas (2), Brownfield, Evans, Eyriey, Prosser, H Trow; cons: L. Flack (3), D-R. Evans (2).
Pirates U13s 5, Hayle U13s 34
The Pirates welcomed the strong Hayle squad to the Mennaye Field on Sunday and both teams provided a feast of running rugby.
The home side started slowly and Hayle were soon in front as a result of their direct running and ability to slip through some poor tackling. The Pirates did find their feet and only a knock-on prevented their first score just before half-time.
The Pirates started the second half as they ended the first, on the attack, and were rewarded with a great team try finished off by Mawgan Osborne after some fine play from Henry and Jacob.
Although well beaten in the end, the Pirates lads again showed great spirit in defeat and will look forward to a week off before the next game against Redruth.
Pirates U13s: Will S, Mack O, Josh B, Connor P, Archy M, Leo G, Ali S, Jacob H, Jamie S, Mawgan O, Declan M, Jordan C, Henry S, Matt R, Josh S, Jordan H, Harrison T, Andrew W, Archy G,Will T.
Scorers: Try: Mawgan Osborne.
Pirates U12s 7, Hayle U12s 35
For their first game of the season the Pirates faced county champions Hayle on the Mennaye Nurseries pitch.
After an even start to the game, the Pirates were first to score when from a line-out the ball was moved to Harris Eddy and then Ben Wragg who beat two Hayle players to make it to the line. Ben Durrant added the extra two points.
Hayle almost immediately made it over the whitewash but the home defence held firm for the half-time scoreline to read 7-0 to the Pirates.
Sportingly keen to give the whole squad a chance to play, the Pirates made changes for the second half, and it was perhaps no surprise that their more experienced opponents came back strongly to take control of the game in the second period.
The young Pirates gained invaluable experience and never gave up, but their opponents were too well organised, especially at the breakdown, and they emerged comfortable winners.
The coaches were delighted with how well all the squad played, with special congratulations to Caleb, Harley and Thomas, who were playing for the first time.
Pirates U12s: Wragg (capt), Tustin, Harvey, Legg, Coleman ,Osborne, Williams, Durrant, Eddy, Hands, Perrin, Kearey, Pascoe, Rogers, Ellery, Greenwood-Penny, Spicer, Morice, Hicks, Thomas, Adams, Rudge.
Scorers: Try: Wragg; con: Durrant.
Pirates U11s 31, Hayle U11s 24
Playing their first home game of the season at the Mennaye Field the Pirates started brightly and it was not long before they took the lead through a fine try by F Nowell.
With fluent passing the dominant home team added tries through H Beckerleg, J Prowse and C Nicholls, and another from Nowell to lead 31-7 at half-time.
The Pirates made five changes for the second half, which saw the visitors fought back admirably. It was, however, not enough to deny the Pirates their victory, in a game where Tristan Gorvin and William Randall also both played well on their debuts.
Pirates U11s: F Nowell, C Nicholls, W Roberts, K Harris, A Barrett, E Bailey, A Pyke, C Buckland, J Collard, P Pocock, H Rogers, J Tonkin, J Prowse, H Beckerleg, T Berriman, W Randall and T Gorvin.
Tries: Nowell (2), Beckerleg, Prowse, Nicholls.
Pirates U10s 20, Hayle 10
This game was a lot tougher than the previous week, as Hayle had a strong side.
The first half was a closely fought affair, with few scoring opportunities for either side. Hayle defended well from the first whistle, but the Pirates managed to break them down with a well-worked try from Danny Fyffe followed by another from Harvey Stone, making it 10-5 at the interval.
The second half brought a second try from Harvey, and some excellent tackles by Angus McLeod and Wes Eddy. Ross Gilmour cleared well but this didn't stop a hard working Hayle from scoring two tries of their own.
In a nail-biting last couple of minutes Angus scored just before the final whistle to clinch a narrow win for the Pirates.
Pirates U10s: Dylan Baxter-Cole, Joe Pengelly, Evan Reed, Beau O'Neill, Ben Skewes, Callum Kitchen, Jacob Hill, Dylan Eddy, Charlie Upchurch, Freedie Prosser, Tyree Heaver, Danny Fyffe, Harvey Stone, Wes Eddy, Angus McLeod, Ross Gilmour.
Tries: Stone (2), Fyffe, McLeod.
Pirates U8s v Hayle U8s
The Pirates U8s played three matches against local rivals Hayle on Sunday.
Pirates U8s 15, Hayle U8s 25
Hayle had a strong side that displayed excellent passing and tagging skills. The Pirates, however saw through their defensive line with Riley Roberts, Cameron Phillips and Levan Murley scoring tries in a closely fought match.
Pirates U8s: Riley Roberts, Elliott Gartside, Joab Brighton-Boyns, Nicole Ciesielski, Tommy Robins, Levan Murley, Owain Russell, Cameron Phillips.
Pirates U8s 20, Hayle U8s 25
Luke Rawlings made his debut for the Pirates in the second game of the morning. Jago Matthews was ably assisted by his team in achieving two tries, with Dominic Butterfield and Seb Dash also getting on the score sheet.
Pirates U8s: Dominic Butterfield, Jago Matthews, Seb Dash, Jack Eddy, Josh Mann, Oliver Hatton, Luke Rawlings, Alexander Yvanoff.
Pirates U8s 20, Hayle U8s 5
Kaea showed exceptional skill in tagging during final game of the morning. Tries in this good performance were scored by Oscar, Charlie, Kane, and Kaea.
Pirates U8s: Ted Kullich, Kaea Griffiths, Oscar Marr, Charlie Legg, Kingsley Thomas, Kane Brighton-Boyns, Archie Donnithorne.
PIRATES OFFER FREE COACH EDUCATION SESSIONS:
The Cornish Pirates have put a great deal of effort to embrace all of Cornwall, as was proven with the successful Summer Roadshows and the match versus a Cornish Clubs' XV, which provided examples of how the club is reconnecting with the rest of the county.
Support shown by various clubs has been magnificent, as it has been by the Cornwall RFU, and Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies and assistant coach Harvey Biljon will be providing free coach education at a number of venues during the season.
One session has already taken place at Truro College in September, while forthcoming dates and venue details to note are as follows:
Monday October 28 – Newquay Hornets RFC (6.30pm-8pm): Ian Davies will be present and the topic will be 'Decision Making through Game Play'. This session will involve players at Under 14s level.
Monday November 18 – Truro College (7pm-8.30pm): Ian will on this occasion be covering 'Hierarchy of Decision Making at the Breakdown'. This session will involve players at under 16s level.
Monday December 16 – Newquay Hornets RFC (6.30-8pm): The topic on this night will be 'attack off first phase'. Harvey will run the session with players from Under 14s present.
Sunday January 12 – Mennaye Field, Penzance (afternoon): The Cornish Pirates play Ayr in the British & Irish Cup on this day. The game kicks off at 3pm and Ian will provide 'Match day Analysis' education both pre and post match. Coaches attending would though on this occasion have to purchase a match ticket but the actual coach education would again be free.
Mon Mar 17 – Truro College (7pm-8.30pm): At this final coach education session, involving players at Under 16s level, another important topic to covered by Harvey will be Defence Principles.
It is hoped that coaches from across Cornwall will take advantage of the free coach education sessions.
For details contact the Cornish Pirates community manager, James Coles, email email@example.com or telephone 01736 335316.
LUDGVAN LIONS JFC:
Charlestown U14s 1, Ludgvan Lions U14s 1
Ludgvan travelled to Charlestown on Saturday and returned from a hard fought game with a point.
Charlestown is never an easy place to play and this again proved to be the case. In a fairly non-descript first half both teams struggled to play any football and there were no clear cut chances.
The second half was a different story and the game became both more competitive and enthralling. Ludgvan started the half better and almost immediately created a chance to take the lead.
Daniel Rhys Evans was making his debut and it was he who had a great strike on goal which the keeper touched onto the bar.
This sparked Charlestown into life and it was they who took the lead when a deflected cross was headed home.
Jacob Powley then made two fantastic saves and this seemed to give Ludgvan a wake-up call.
They took control of the game and dominated for the remaining 15 minutes. Louis Graham started to cause problems for the Charlestown defence and was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after what appeared a push in the box.
With Toby Horsell also being denied by the bar, Ludgvan were eventually rewarded in the final minute when Jacob Trudgeon chased down a through ball and was brought down in the box. He then picked himself up to coolly slot home from the spot with what proved to be the last kick of the game.
Penzance AFC Raiders have suffered their worst ever start to a season, claiming only a point from their first two fixtures.
The opening game against title favourites Culdrose Cyclones ended in a creditable 3-3 draw, but in their second game the Raiders slipped to a shock 4-3 defeat at Newquay.
The Raiders' next game is a difficult away fixture at St Agnes.
LOCAL CLUB ROUND-UP:
WEST Cornwall eased into the second round of this season's Frank Wills Salver with a 3-2 win over Radnor at Praa Sands on Saturday, writes Peter Heyman.
But on the same day Praa Sands themselves lost 4-1 to Truro at Killiow, while on Sunday Cape Cornwall went down to Budock Vean by 31/2-11/2 at Mullion.
Holders St Enodoc made a solid start to the defence of their title with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Mullion at windswept Tehidy Park on Saturday, while last year's beaten finalists Tehidy Park defeated St Austell 3-2 at Truro.
Elsewhere there were wins for Lostwithiel, Lanhydrock, Bude and North Cornwall and Killiow on Saturday. As well as Tehidy Park and Budock Vean, Sunday's other winners were China Fleet, Whitsand Bay, Merlin, Trethorne, Newquay and Perranporth.
The second round is due to be played over the weekend of November 2/3 at venues to be announced shortly by CGU secretary Chris Pountney.
Results. Saturday – St Enodoc 4, Mullion 1; Truro 4, Praa Sands 1; Porthpean 2, Lostwithiel 3; West Cornwall 3, Radnor 2; Launceston 2, Lanhydrock 3; Bude & N Cornwall 31/2, Treloy 11/2; Killiow 3, Looe 2. Sunday – Falmouth 0, China Fleet 5; St Mellion 2, Whitsand Bay 3; Tehidy Park 3, St Austell 2; Merlin 3, Point at Polzeath 2; Clowance 2, Trethorne 3; Newquay 3, Trevose 2; Perranporth 31/2, Bowood Park 11/2; Cape Cornwall 11/2, Budock Vean 31/2.
Second round draw (matches to be played on the weekend of November 2/3): St Enodoc v China Fleet; Truro v Lostwithiel; Whitsand Bay v West Cornwall; Tehidy Park v Merlin; Trethorne v Lanhydrock; Bude & N Cornwall v Newquay; Perranporth v Killiow; Budock Vean v Carlyon Bay.
The Wednesday Stableford was the only men's competition of the week at Cape Cornwall. It was won by Geoff Jones with 37 points, with Mike Lawrence and Matt Lowe second and third.
The ladies played their Thursday 9-hole competition and Sue Dicker won in 'A' group with 18 points, with Lindsay Sawdon second. Fiona McDiarmid took first place in 'B' group.
Saturday's ladies' Texas Scramble was won by Sarah Blight, Jean Clow and Julia Waters just ahead of Doris Simm, Anne Jones and Viv Nash.
On Sunday, Cape lost 31/2-11/2 to Budock Vean in the first round of the 2014 Frank Wills Salver at Mullion.
Andy Hurrell won the men's Ninnis Cup at Praa Sands on Sunday with 70-13=57. Lester Pickhaver was second with 78-18=60, Scott Willett third with 70-09=61 and Stuart Andrews fourth with 81-19=62.
In the Laurie Fogg Qualifier the following go through to the next round: Stuart Andrews, Ray Crebo, Victor Debarros, Jim Duffield, Andy Hurrell, Mike Jacka, Ken McIlroy, Chris Parkinson, Gary Peters, Lester Pickhaver, David Prowse, Ryan Semmens, Steve Strick, Nigel Waters, Jess Willard and Scott Willett.
Linda Dunford and Carole Jones won the Ladies' Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier on Saturday and will go through to represent the club in the next round early in 2014. Jennifer Chambers and Di Lyons were second, Linda Gale and Wendy Keys third and Sue Harvey and Alison Jacka fourth.
Anne Griffiths won the ladies' 9-hole Stableford on Wednesday with 19 points. Judy Thomas was second with 14 on countback from Caroline Hardman. Judy Thomas won the putting competition.